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Should I take the LSAT?

vichinskyvichinsky Monthly Member
edited February 4 in February 2022 LSAT 452 karma

Should I take the LSAT just to take it. So I have a score. Even though I am not ready? Or postpone to March.


  • Cant Get RightCant Get Right Alum Member Sage 🍌
    26300 karma


  • evanescenceevanescence Alum Member
    edited February 4 55 karma

    I would take it. What makes you think that you're not ready? Are you not scoring consistently well? You could have imposter syndrome, and could get an easy test that day! Besides, law schools are generally understanding of a first-take, mediocre score. This is just a test, you can re-write it :)

  • spedersenspedersen Alum Member
    edited May 18 56 karma

    Never ever take the real thing unless you're PT'ing near the score you want. This was the best decision I've made. And given that there's retake limit you're wasting your opportunities potentially

  • Determined_Determined_ Monthly Member
    773 karma

    @evanescence Not to be disrespectful, but that is dangerous advice. Chance favors the prepared, and @vichinsky, I recommend you take the exam once you are prepared! :) Best of luck.

  • LSB2021LSB2021 Monthly Member
    8 karma

    @spedersen how many times did you score above 170 before taking the actual test?

  • Justin RJustin R Monthly Member
    edited February 4 17 karma

    Would highly recommend you wait to take it.

    There is no advantage to simply "having a score" unless you have reason to believe that you're going to apply soon. If you're not ready, chances are you will not be applying soon unless you intend to go to a school that casts a very wide net regarding LSAT scores.

  • spedersenspedersen Alum Member
    edited May 18 56 karma


    So I took sth just shy of 30 PTs over the course of a full year, and bout 70% was in the 170s range. But I didn't take the test until I was able to achieve average near my goal score across my ~7 recent PTs.

  • LivinLaVidaLSATLivinLaVidaLSAT Alum Member
    410 karma

    The LSAT is not a Nike "Just Do It" situation. Take it when you're ready. If anyone around is pressuring you to take it, ignore them. They don't understand the process.

  • hotranchsaucehotranchsauce Alum Member
    288 karma

    I think there can be a situation where it's good for someone to register for and take the test even though they think they're not ready (you're allowed multiple attempts after all). Why? Because maybe it could produce some motivation or give you a wakeup call if you take the test and get an even lower score than you imagined. However, if you're prone to bad results giving you discouragement rather than inspiration then definitely never take the official test until you feel very ready. Feeling ready and then scoring bad is another can of worms, but we'll leave that for now because that's not what you asked about lol.

  • canihazJDcanihazJD Alum Member Sage
    7925 karma

    Let your scoring determine when you test. There is very little, if anything to be gained by taking the test just for the experience.

  • LegallyLSATLegallyLSAT Member
    110 karma

    Take it when you’re ready! I learned this the hard way. I retook my test when I wasn’t ready and didn’t score as well, due to outside influences pressuring me.

    This time around…no way. I’m taking it when I feel ready and if that means me taking longer, so be it. This test is not a race to the finish line, it’s a test of endurance.

  • vichinskyvichinsky Monthly Member
    452 karma

    Thank you for all your answers. I decided to postpone, You can't rush it. Thank you.

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